Final Environmental Impact Report on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail (MBSST)

Final Environmental Impact Report for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail (MBSST) Network Master Plan

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Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR)

A Final Environmental Impact Report on the Master Plan for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network project was certified on November 7th, 2013. The RTC also certified consideration of an addendum to the FEIR on February 6, 2014. The EIR provides public agency decision-makers and the general public information regarding the significant environmental effects of a project, identifies possible ways to minimize the significant effects, and describes and analyzes reasonable alternatives to the Trail Network Master Plan, which establishes the continuous alignment, connecting spurs, and set of design standards for a bicycle/pedestrian (multi-use) trail for the length of Santa Cruz County.

The FEIR contains a detailed description of the environmental issues relative to the proposed project, the identified environmental impacts, proposed mitigation measures, and residual impacts associated with implementation of the proposed project. The following potential impacts were analyzed and categorized by their level of significance: aesthetics, agricultural resources, air quality, biological resoures, cultural resources, geology/solic, greehouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, transportation/traffic, and public safety and services. The EIR and Addendum did not identify any significant and unavoidable impacts.

Final Environmental Impact Report (Full Document)


CEQA Findings

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program

Final Environmental Impact Report (by section)

CDs and a limited number of hard copies of the FEIR are available at both of the RTC offices.

Copies are available for public viewing at the Santa Cruz, Aptos, Live Oak, Scotts Valley, and Watsonville Libraries.


RTC Contact

Ginger Dykaar
Senior Transportation Planner/Project Manager